At least 161 LCMS congregations are in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and the floods. St. Paul's and the Synod stands with those in need through prayer and support. “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all” (2 COR. 5:14). The love of Christ compels us to love everyone. Love flows from the cross in service to those in need, just as Christ came in the flesh to save.
You can help those suffering from the effects of the storm and the floodwaters. LCMS World Relief and Human Care, through Disaster Response, is working with the Texas District to support relief efforts and to aid those in need. You can give a gift through St. Paul's, or you may directly send your gift in one of the following ways:
• Online — Visit lcms.org/harvey.
• By text — Text “LCMSHARVEY” to 41444.
• Over the phone — Call the LCMS toll-free gift line between
8 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. Central time at 888-930-4438 or the
LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267.
• By mail — Make checks payable to “The Lutheran Church—
Missouri Synod” (or “LCMS”). On the memo line, write “Hurricane Harvey and/or affected areas,” and mail to the LCMS, P.O. Box 66861, St. Louis, MO, 63166-6861.
Gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Additional information about our LCMS response, and the impact your gifts are having, will be available over the weeks and months ahead at lcms.org, on the Synod’s social media outlets, and in our official periodicals and publications.
Lord of heaven and earth, we know that You hold all things
in Your hands. In Your mercy, provide for the needs of those
who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and the rain
that continues to fall, work through those who bring relief
and aid, and protect all from any further harm. Draw all to
the cross of Christ, who is our salvation now and always. We
ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.